The Response of a Commercial Fluorinated Tri-Polymer to 1-D Shock Loading

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  • Authors:
  • G Whiteman
  • J.C.F. Millett
  • E Brown
  • G. T. Gray
  • Neil Bourne


The response of simple polymers to shock loading is governed by a number of factors such as the complexity of the polymer chains and nature of the atoms attached to the main carbon-carbon backbone. In the case of polyethylene based materials such as polyethylene, polypropylene and polytetrafluoroethylene the competing effects of inter chain tangling (tacticity) and electrostatic repulsion between adjacent polymer chains have been shown to have a profound effect on shock velocity, release velocity and shear strength development. In this work, we apply these considerations to a commercially available fluoro-tripolymer, Viton-B, where all these molecular features are present.

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIP Shock Compression of Condensed Matter 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2018